Police capture bank robber at a GO station.

Crime 100By Staff

April 10th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

That didn’t take long.

The man photographed on security cameras from two Plains Road banks and wanted by police for robbing the banks was arrested by police earlier this morning at the Appleby Go-Station in Burlington by members of the Repeat Offenders Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad.

RBC plains road robbery April 2018

Adam Patrick DELISE arrested for bank robbery at a GO station.

At the time of his arrest, DELISE was found in possession of a robbery note and a quantity of cash from the robberies.

Adam Patrick DELISE (36-yrs) of No Fixed Address was held for bail and charged with the following offences:

• Robbery (two counts)
• Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000
• Unlawfully at large
• Breach probation (two counts)

The first of the robberies took place at the TD Bank and later the same day, in the afternoon, at the Royal Bank.
No one was injured but some cash was taken at both banks. Enough apparently to by a GO train ticket.
Delise is reported to have been convicted of bank robbery in the past.

Anyone who may have any additional information about these robberies are is asked to contact D/Cst. Erin Toth the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2313.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca

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Two armed robberies at Burlington banks on Plains Road - police on the hunt.

Crime 100By Staff

April 9th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Two bank robberies on one day – just over five hours apart on Plains Road.

At 8:30 am the day the TD Bank was robbed; shortly after 2:00 PM, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) located at 15 Plans Rd East (near Waterdown Road) in Burlington was robbed by the same suspect that robbed the TD Canada Trust at 596 Plains Rd. earlier in the day.

The suspect again approached a teller and passed a noted that indicated he was armed with a gun and demanded money. The suspect fled the bank after being provided an undisclosed amount of cash.

Uniformed officers, police canine, members of the Tactical Rescue Unit (TRU) and members of the Criminal Investigations Bureau are actively searching the area for the suspect who has now been identified as the following:

Adam Patrick DELISE (36-yrs) of no fixed address (Formerly of Oakville) is wanted for two counts of robbery.

RBC plains road robbery April 2018

Image captured by Royal Bank security cameras at Plains Road branch

TD Bank robbery April 9 -2018

Image of bank robbery suspect captured by TD Bank security cameras.

If the suspect is observed, police are asking the public to call 911 immediately and to not approach him.
Anyone who may have any additional information that will assist police in locating DELISE is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2316.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca

What is worth noting is the quality of the photographs – many commercial operations have old security cameras that produce poor quality images.

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TD Canada Trust on Plains Road robbed early this morning.

Crime 100By Staff

April 9th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The TD Canada Trust bank located at 596 Plains Rd. E in Burlington was robbed early this morning.

Shortly before 8:30 AM, a lone male entered the bank and passed a note which indicated he was armed and demanded money.

The male was provided with an undisclosed amount of cash after which he ran from the bank.
An extensive search of the area was completed however the male suspect was not located.

The suspect is described as:

• White male
• Mid-30’s
• Approximately 5’5″ tall
• Small build
• light brown brush cut hair
• Clean shaven
• Acne scars on his cheeks
• Wearing a black jacket and blue jeans

Anyone who may have any additional information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2316.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca

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Three charged with drug offences

Crime 100By Staff

April 6th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On April 4th 2018, members of the Burlington Street Crime Unit concluded an investigation after arresting a male believed to be in possession of illegal drugs. A search of the male resulted in the seizure of 1 gram of cocaine, 28 grams of marihuana and a digital scale.

A search warrant was subsequently executed at a Burlington home on Spring Gardens Road where investigators seized cash, 4.4 grams of marihuana, 52 MDMA (Ecstasy) pills and a .380 calibre handgun.
The seized drugs and firearm have an estimated street value of $ 2,600.00

Drug seizure Apr 6-2018

Arrested and charged are:

Dylan Christopher Dean (20-yrs) of Burlington was released on a Promise to Appear in Milton Court on May 1st 2018 charged with the following:

• Possession of a controlled substance (marihuana) for the purpose of trafficking 0 S.5(2) CDSA

Kamaldip SINGHERA (34-yrs) of Burlington was released on a Promise to Appear in Milton Court on May 1st 2018 charged with the following:
• Possession of a controlled substance (marihuana) for the purpose of trafficking – S.5(2) CDSA
• Possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) – S.4(a) CDSA
• Trafficking in a controlled substance (marihuana) – S.5(1) CDSA

Brandon Michael STODDARD (30-yrs) of Burlington was held for bail charged with the following:

• Possession of a controlled substance (MDMA) for the purpose of trafficking – S.5(2) CDSA
• Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose – S.88(1) C.C
• Unauthorized possession of a firearm – S.91(1) C.C.
• Possession of a firearm knowing it’s unauthorized – S.92(1) C.C.
• Breach of firearms prohibition – S.117.01(1) C.C
• Careless use (storage) of firearm –S.86(1) C.C

Anyone who may have any additional information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact D/Cst. Dave Griffiths of the Burlington Street Crime Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 2345.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca

People charged with a criminal offence are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Police have photographs of a suspected purse snatcher - do you know this person?

Crime 100By Staff

April 6th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Purse snatching has been increasing in the Region. The Regional Police have been putting out warnings and arrests are being made. There is a suspect the police would like to talk to.

A purse belonging to a senior was stolen from the back of a chair outside of the Starbucks Store at Mapleview Mall in Burlington.

Soon after the theft, the thieves began fraudulently using the seniors’ credit cards at several Burlington area stores.

After some investigation, police have identified one of the persons responsible.

On April 4th 2018 the Natasha HOADLEY (29 years old) from Hamilton was arrested and held for bail charged with the following offences:

• Theft under $5000
• Fraud Under $5000 (two counts)
• Unauthorized use of a credit card (two counts)
• Possession of property obtained by crime.

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the accomplice in this theft.

purse snatch 1purse snatch 2He is described as Male, black, 6’2, 170 lbs, thin build, long black hair in dreadlocks.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents or other purse thefts is asked to contact Detective Constable Derek Gray of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Vulnerable Persons and Seniors Liaison Team at 905-825-4747 ext. 2344.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

Purse Theft Prevention Tips
Watch the Crime Stoppers Video of purse thefts (actual footage)

Halton Regional Police are reminding residents to keep a close eye on their purses and wallets.
Residents should be aware of their surroundings and be alert for distraction type thefts when shopping in the grocery stores, malls and other retail business.

Prevention Tip: Residents are reminded to only carry the necessary identification such as Driver’s Licence or Health Card, and should try to minimize this potential loss by leaving their SIN card, birth certificate and passports securely at home.

If you become a victim of a purse or wallet theft please contact your financial services providers, cancel you cards and then call the Halton Regional Police to file a report.

People charged with a criminal offence are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Related article:

Supermarket staff help capture purse snatcher

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Two Males Arrested for Distraction Thefts Throughout the Halton Region

Crime 100By Staff

April 5, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On Tuesday April 3rd 2018, two males were in Food Basics stores in the towns of Georgetown, Milton and the city of Burlington.

At each location the two males, acting as a team, used distraction techniques to steal a purse from unsuspecting elderly females. One male engaged the elderly females in conversation asking for assistance. During this distraction, the other male stole the purses. Cash and credit cards were taken from the stolen purses and the purses were discarded.

The two males used the stolen credit cards at multiple stores close to the location of each theft. The cards were used immediately after the theft of each purse.

At 1:35pm on Wednesday April 4th 2018, the same males again attended the Food Basics in Georgetown. Alert employees recognized the suspects and quickly contacted police. The suspects left the scene in a motor vehicle. Witnesses obtained the licence plate information and police connected the vehicle to a Brampton address.

Detectives from the one district criminal investigations bureau were able to stop the motor vehicle and at 4:10pm arrested the occupants as they attempted to return to their residence.

One adult and one young offender, who cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, are facing three counts of theft under.

Bogdan DYMITER, 20 years of Brampton and a 17 year old young offender were held pending a bail hearing.

The investigation is continuing into these offences and further charges are expected.

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Halton Police wish to thank the alert Food Basics employees who quickly contacted police and obtained vital information necessary to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion.

Police would also like to remind members of the public to be cognizant of the techniques used in these types of thefts and be on guard keeping personal possessions safe, secure and away from view in public places.

Anyone who may have additional information concerning this investigation can contact Detective Derek Moyes of the One District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext: 2114.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222- 477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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A summary of the Impaired Driving Offences within Halton Region

Crime 100By Staff

April 5th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

Police are still laying far too many charges for Impaired driving.

How man of these charges result in convictions?

What does a conviction mean to insurance rates?

What does the Court do in terms of punishment?  Fines?  How much?

A summary of the offences:

On March 30, 2018 shortly before 1:30 am, Halton Police officers responded to a collision in the area of Maple Avenue and Brush Road in Milton. As a result of an investigation, Obaid Mujtaba (24), of Milton was charged with driving while ability impaired and driving over 80mgs.

On March 30, 2018 shortly before 8:30 am, Halton Police officers responded to a collision in the area of Main Street South and Park Avenue in Halton Hills. As a result of an investigation, Richard Fox (34), of Stoney Creek was charged with driving while ability impaired and driving over 80mgs.

On March 30, 2018 shortly before 10:30 am, Halton Police officers responded to the area of Robarts Drive and Dills Crescent in Milton, in response to a citizen-initiated traffic complaint. As a result of an investigation, Jeremy Dixon (22), of Milton was charged with driving while ability impaired and driving over 80 mgs.

On March 31, 2018 shortly after 11:30 am, Halton Police officers initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Princeton Crescent and Sunnydale Drive in Burlington. As a result of an investigation, Lance Atchison (50), of Burlington was charged with driving while ability impaired and driving over 80 mgs.

On March 31, 2018 shortly before 8:00 pm, Halton Police officers responded to a collision in the area of Fairview Street and Maple Avenue in Burlington. As a result of an investigation, Ali Mohammed (33), of Burlington was charged with driving while ability impaired and driving over 80mgs.

On March 31, 2018 shortly after 9:00 pm, Halton Police officers responded to the area of Maple Avenue and Norrington Place in Milton, in response to a citizen-initiated traffic complaint. As a result of an investigation, Clark Stewart (45), of Milton was charged with driving while ability impaired and driving over 80 mgs.

On April 1, 2018 shortly before 11:00 am, Halton Police officers responded to a collision in the area of Speers Road and Bronte Road in Oakville. As a result of an investigation, Ryan Whey (22), of Mississauga was charged with driving while ability impaired and driving over 80mgs.

On April 1, 2018 shortly before 9:00 pm, Halton Police officers initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Main Street and James Street in Milton. As a result of an investigation, Rui Pinto Verdugo (45), of Milton was charged with driving over 80 mgs.

On April 1, 2018 shortly after 10:30 pm, Halton Police officers were conducting a mobile R.I.D.E. initiative in the area of Cornwall Road and Chartwell Road in Oakville. A traffic stop was conducted and as a result of an investigation, Jennifer Lawrence (44), of Oakville was charged with driving over 80mgs.

On April 3, 2018 shortly before 10:00 pm, Halton Police officers responded to the area of Derry Road and Sixth Line in Milton, in response to a citizen-initiated traffic complaint. As a result of an investigation, Janusz Uramowski (66), of Mississauga was charged with care or control while impaired and care or control over 80 mgs.

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The Halton Regional Police Service remains committed to road safety through prevention, education and enforcement initiatives.  Members of the public are reminded that driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is a crime in progress and to call 9-1-1 immediately to report a suspected impaired driver.

The Service’s Twitter and Facebook accounts should not be used for this purpose as they are not monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Police report seven unlocked vehicles entered during Easter weekend in the core area of Burlington.

Crime 100By Staff

April 3, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Overnight on April 2 – 3, 2018, police received seven reports of unlocked vehicles being entered and rummaged through by unknown culprit(s) in the core area of Burlington.

In one instance, culprit(s) located spare keys in a vehicle and subsequently stole it. The vehicle stolen is a 2008 Ford Escape Grey in colour with licence plate BMWW586. It is possible that the vehicle plates have been switched to BFWR535 which were also stolen overnight from a Finch Avenue driveway in the Aldershot area of Burlington. If anyone observes this vehicle, they are asked to call 911 and not approach it.

The streets targeted by culprit(s) were:

• Stephenson Drive
• Clark Avenue
• Hawkins Crescent
• Nathaniel Crescent

These types of crimes continue to occur and are preventable!

Police are pleading with the public to ensure their vehicles are always locked when unattended, that all valuables are removed and to NEVER leave spare keys in a vehicle (even if they are to another vehicle at/near the same location).

Anyone with information that would assist police in identifying the person(s) responsible to these or any other crimes are asked to call the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2316. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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Organized Shoplifting Ring Dismantled

Crime 100By Staff

March 22, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Dating back to October 2017, a group of four individuals have been targeting various retail stores in Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and the surrounding area. These individuals would enter the store and select various items that typically consisted of small appliances, perfumes and clothing. They would then run out of the store past the employees without paying for the merchandise. In some cases, multiple offenders would work in teams to distract the employees or act as the lookout in the parking lot.

Investigators from the Burlington Street Crime Unit have worked with area Loss Prevention Officers and were able to identify one of the suspects. Through further police investigation, the other three male suspects were positively identified along with two residences where stolen property was being stored.

On March 20th 2018, the investigation into this organized group concluded with the arrests of four males and the execution of three search warrants. Search warrants were executed at residences in Mount Hope and Stoney Creek. A third search warrant was executed on a vehicle. As a result, police seized a significant quantity of property, valued at over $17,000 that is believed to have been stolen during retail thefts. Police have also seized a 2009 Hyundai Elantra as offence related property.

Shoplifting Media Release March 22-18

Property the police have valued at over $17,000 which they believe was stolen during retail thefts.

The following individuals were arrested and charged:

Angelo GRACI (56 years) of Mount Hope
• Theft under $5000 (12 counts)
• Trafficking in stolen property (two counts)
• Participating in a criminal organization
• Possession of stolen property for the purpose of trafficking over $5000

Miklos SZEDLAR (26 years) of Stoney Creek
• Theft under $5000 (16 counts)
• Trafficking in stolen property
• Participating in a criminal organization
• Possession of property obtained by crime

Angelo MILLER (26 years) of Mount Hope
• Theft under $5000 (11 counts)
• Trafficking in stolen property (two counts)
• Participating in a criminal organization
• Possession of property obtained by crime
• Fail to comply with probation (7 counts)
• Fail to comply with recognizance

Blue LUCAS (29 years) of Hamilton
• Theft under $5000 (nine counts)
• Trafficking in stolen property (two counts)
• Participating in a criminal organization
• Possession of property obtained by crime
• Fail to comply with recognizance

Anyone who may have additional information can contact Halton Regional Police Service Detective Dwayne Perron at 905-825-4747 ext 2342. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stopper’s “See Something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stopper’s “at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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Bandit on a crime spree arrested and charged with multiple offences: police want to find the accomplice.

Crime 100By Staff

March 22, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A bandit on a crime spree was arrested for multiple robberies and thefts in Halton and Toronto.

Halton police - good angleThe Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and the Toronto Police Service arrested a 19-year-old Oakville man after a joint investigation into a series of violent robberies in Oakville, Burlington, and Toronto.

On March 14, 2018 a masked man armed with a knife entered the Petro Canada gas station located at 1550 North Service Road West in Oakville. The male ordered the clerk to open the cash register and proceeded behind the counter removing cash, cigarettes, cigars and the employee’s cell phone. The accused then fled in a waiting vehicle.

On March 20, 2018, the same suspect robbed the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 3455 Fairview Street in Burlington. The male entered the store armed with a knife and demanded money stealing cigarettes, cigars, cash, and the employee’s wallet before fleeing into a waiting vehicle.

In the course of the HRPS investigation, the same suspect was identified as being involved in a series of thefts from automobiles in the City of Burlington on March 5 and 6, 2018. During these thefts, the accused and an accomplice entered six vehicles and stole a variety of personal items including a wallet. Credit cards stolen were subsequently used by the accused and the accomplice.

Concurrent with the HRPS investigation, the Toronto Police Service were also searching for the same suspect alleged to have committed two robberies in the City of Toronto; the first on March 10, 2018 at a Petro Canada on Kipling Avenue and the second at a Pioneer Gas Bar on Brown’s Line on March 16, 2018.

The Halton Regional Police Service executed a search warrant at an apartment building located at 205 Queen Mary Drive in Oakville and arrested Colin Borne (19). While searching the apartment, investigators seized several items linking him to the robberies. Colin Borne has been held over for a bail hearing.

Colin BORNE (19) of Oakville has been charged with:

• 4 counts of robbery with violence
• 4 counts wear disguise
• 4 counts of weapons dangerous
• 4 counts fail to comply probation
• 6 counts of theft and 8 frauds under

The Halton Regional Police are actively pursuing leads in efforts to apprehend Colin Borne’s accomplice.

Do you recognize the person in the video

The robbery has to be one of the most casual events you will ever see.

Anyone who may have additional information concerning this investigation can contact Halton Regional Police Detective Barry Malciw at 905-825-4747 ext. 2218. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

People charged with a criminal offence are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Police are recruiting 911 communicators.

News 100 blueBy Staff

March 21, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The 911 service is much h more than a telephone number you call when there is an emergewncy. Behind that number is a group of people who take the call and manage the emergency. They are referred to as 911 communicators.

The Halton Regional Police is hosting an open house for persons interested in a career as a 9-1-1 Communicator.

The session will be both informative and interactive allowing potential applicants to learn of the applicant process, training involved and essential skills needed for success in the role.

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The telephone set has buttons that put a 911 communicator in direct communications with other public safety agencies in an second.

The introduction session is on Thursday April 12th – 7 pm – 8:30 pm – at the Halton Regional Police Service Headquarters.

Space is extremely limited so register early to ensure your attendance.

Interested registrants are asked to email Steve Van Dyk at

steve.vandyk@haltonpolice.ca

Related news stories:

High tech and at times very fast paced.

Dispatching police officers to a scene can get very hectic.

 

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Girl struck by mini van on Dundas; in hospital in critical condition.

Crime 100By Staff

March 18th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

An 11 year old girl riding a bicycle east on Dundas Street east of Sutton Drive was struck by an east bound minivan at just before 6:30 pm. The girl was transported to McMaster Children’s Hospital by Halton Regional Paramedic Services where she remains in critical condition.

Police cruiserThe Halton Regional Police are investigating.

Due to the life threatening nature of her injuries, the Collision Reconstruction Unit has taken carriage of the investigation.

Any witnesses who have not spoken to police are asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at (905)825-4747 ext: 5065.

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Police arrest and lay criminal charges against four people for multiple Break and Enter offences.

Crime 100By Staff

March 16th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A multiple jurisdiction police investigative team was set up to solve the numerous residential break and enters that were taking place in the Region – mostly Burlington and Oakville.

The Halton Regional Police Service and the York Regional Police Service have concluded a lengthy break and enter investigation which spanned multiple jurisdictions and have arrested four people, who, between December 19, 2017 and January 8th 2017, were involved in a total of 13 residential break and enters.

In each incident the suspects knocked on the front door to determine whether or not a resident was home. After confirming the homes were empty, the culprits forced entry to the front doors ransacking bedrooms in search of money or jewellery.

Halton police - good angleThe cross jurisdictional investigation used a comprehensive menu of investigative techniques, inter agency collaboration, and community awareness. The combination of those ingredients resulted in the identification of the accused.

Early in March the Halton Regional Police and the York Regional Police arrested three of the culprits (Rai Teixeira, Lincoln Samuels, and Cesar Montenero). At the time the accused failed to escape arrest by colliding with another vehicle and fleeing the scene on foot. The last of the 4 accused was arrested on March 8, 2018.

Search warrants supporting the offences were executed at the accused’s residences and resulted in the recovery of large amounts of jewellery and evidence linking the culprits to the entries in the Halton Region.

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Deputy Police Chief Nick Duraiappah

Halton Region Deputy Police Chief Nick Duraiappah said: “Residential break and enters are a clear priority for our service.” He wanted people impacted by these crimes “to know that the persons responsible will be held accountable.”

The accused face a total of 48 criminal charges.

CHARGED:

Rai Teixeira (22) of Brampton was charged with Break and Enter – Commit (10 Counts), Break and Enter – Intent (3 Counts)

Lincoln Samuels (22) of Tottenham was charged with Break and Enter – Commit (6 Counts), Fail to Comply Probation (4 Counts)

Cesar Montesdeoca (22) of Brampton was charged with Break and Enter – Commit (8 Counts), Break and Enter – Intent (2 Counts), Fail to Comply Probation (2 Counts), Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

Vincent Vassel (23) of Brampton was charged with Break and Enter – Commit (5 Counts), Break and Enter – Intent (2 Counts), Fail to Comply Probation (6 Counts)

Anyone who may have additional information concerning this investigation can contact Halton Regional Police Detective Ron Strauch at 905-825-4747 ext. 2255. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

People charged with a criminal offence are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Burlington resident arrested for immigration fraud: charged with defrauding Syrian refugees with promises of getting them sponsorship into Canada.

Crime 100By Staff

March 14th, 20918

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A Burlington resident has been arrested by the Halton Regional Police Service as a result of an investigation into fraud-related allegation.

HRPS crestThe Halton Regional Police Service Fraud Unit have today wrapped up a three-month long investigation into allegations that a Burlington resident has been defrauding Syrian refugees currently living in Qatar with promises of getting them sponsorship into Canada.

A search warrant was executed on the suspect’s residence and the accused was arrested at that time.

Charged with 8 counts of Fraud Over $5,000 dollars and money laundering is Bashar ABDULAHAD (49yrs) of Burlington.

The allegations came to the attention of the police through a community volunteer group in Toronto who had victims come forward to them through relatives now living in Canada.

Working with this group and a contact in Qatar, police were able to identify eight victim families who had all sent funds to the suspect with total losses in excess of $200,000 dollars. The police believe there are many more victims however given the logistical issues of victims who are currently living overseas, officers have had to rely upon a local volunteer in the affected country to spread the word on the investigation and locate other victims. Given the victims’ current status, police believe some are reluctant to come forward.

The suspect claimed he could bring the victims into Canada through a local church under an immigration sponsorship program. The church has cooperated with police and has no involvement in the fraud.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Halton Regional Police Service Fraud Unit, Det. Cst. Jon Williams at 905-825-4747 ext. 8737.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something, Hear Something, Know Something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Anyone charged with a criminal offense is  presumed to be innocent until a court of law decides otherwise.

 

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The Romance Scam not only breaks hearts - it cleans out bank accounts.

Crime 100By Staff

March 13, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Another resident of Halton has become the latest victim of what is known as the “Romance Scam”.

Police are urging victims of this crime to come forward and recognize they are not alone. Even the most experienced people can be manipulated by these professionals.

Recently a woman approached the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and reported a loss in excess of $1.2 million as a result of this scam.

Valentine heartsThe location of the suspect remains unknown at this time, and according to investigators, he could be anywhere in the world. “The money is all gone, sent through various means to the U.S.A. and Europe.

The suspect is a professional fraudster operating as part of a network of criminals, all with the same intent; to relieve someone of their hard earned money. They know how to manipulate, and unfortunately, they are highly skilled at what they do,” says Detective Mark Underwood of the HRPS Regional Fraud Unit.

In a typical Romance Scam, the relationship will start with an anonymous connection, usually through a dating website or application. Often, the perpetrator of the scam claims that their ability to meet in person is limited, due to travel, overseas business or military deployment.

The suspect will then present a problem that needs to be solved with a small loan of money; e.g. a lost passport or a failing business deal. The perpetrator may then claim that they want to meet the victim in person but that they cannot do so unless the problem is solved, or until they are back in the country. They may state that there is an opportunity to make lots of money on a chance deal, contingent on a small investment with a guaranteed return.

The Halton Regional Police Service offers the following tips for residents:

• Never send money to someone you have never met. Legitimate businesses and business associates do not need to secure financing from random strangers.

• Check your facts, and do your research. Often, the fraudsters will introduce a lawyer, in the hopes it brings legitimacy to a financial transaction. Use the internet to verify that people and businesses actually exist.

• If in doubt, seek some help. A sober second look at a situation from a trusted outsider who has not been manipulated by a potential fraudster can provide clarity and make the difference.

The best weapon against this crime is awareness. When people understand how these scams work, they will be less likely to be victimized.

When it comes to fraud, victims can help other victims by speaking out. The Halton Regional Police Service encourages victim to let people know what happened to stop it happening to others.

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Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Mark Underwood of the Regional Fraud Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 8738.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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Another sneaky Identity theft scam using a well know financial brand name - PayPal

IDTHEFT 100X100By Staff

March 12th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This is a real sneaky one.

The message tells you that you sent an amount of money from your Pay Pal account to someone you’ve never heard of – what do you do?

paypal logoYou might be inclined to click on the link to tell PayPal that you didn’t send this person any money. Which is exactly what the sender of the message wants you to do. They are in the process of stealing your identity.

They have your email address and they now know you have a PayPal account.

Pay Pal scam,

An email message like this gets an immediate response if you have a PayPal account – you want to tell them that you didn’t do what the email message says you did. The moment you do that – they have started to steak your identity.

It did look like the message was from PayPal – their logo was on that incoming email.

When there is an email related to your money, pause and look at it very carefully. PayPal is a useful service (although I don’t understand why they need 3 to 5 business days to put money into your account – Interac does it instantly)

Careful – and make sure that you have subscribed to a service that will catch some of the maleware that get dropped into your computer.

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Province gives municipalities funding to cope with legal, educational and public safety problems that will result from the sale of cannabis

News 100 blueBy Staff

March 10th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On March 7, 2018 shortly before 11:00 pm, Halton Police officers responded to the area of Maple Avenue and Plains Road East in Burlington, in response to a citizen-initiated traffic complaint. As a result of an investigation, Joseph Vaccaro (37), of Oakville was charged with driving while ability impaired and driving over 80 mgs.

On March 8, 2018 shortly after 8:00 am, Halton Police officers responded to a collision in the area of King Road and Plains Road East in Burlington. As a result of an investigation, Christopher McBride (30), of Burlington was charged with driving while ability impaired.

HRPS crestThe Regional police issue regular reports on people who are charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) as part of their program to keep the roads in the Region safe.

That task is going to get a lot more difficult when the federal cannabis legalization allows for the sale of cannabis in retail outlets across the province.

At this point in time the police just have to deal with alcohol related offences. When the federal government decides to permit the sale of cannabis related products it will be a much more complex.

Ontario is stepping up support for municipalities and law enforcement to help ensure communities and roads are safe in advance of the federal government’s legalization of cannabis.

The province will provide $40 million of its revenue from the federal excise duty on recreational cannabis over two years to help all municipalities with implementation costs related to the legalization of cannabis.  The amount of money each municipality gets will be determined by population size with no one municipality getting less than $10,000

In addition, Ontario is taking further steps to ensure a safe and sensible transition for communities and people by:

Cannabis logo

Coming to a neighbourhood somewhere in Burlington.

• Increasing the capacity of local law enforcement, including the Ontario Provincial Police, by funding sobriety field test training for police officers to help detect impaired drivers

• Creating a specialized legal team to support drug-impaired driving prosecutions

• Increasing capacity at the province’s Centre of Forensic Sciences to support toxicological testing and expert testimony

• Developing a program to divert youth involved in minor cannabis-related offences away from the criminal justice system

• Creating a Cannabis Intelligence Coordination Centre to shut down illegal storefronts and help fight the unsafe and illegal supply of cannabis products

• Providing public health units with support and resources to help address local needs related to cannabis legalization

• Raising awareness of the new provincial rules that will take effect when cannabis is legalized federally.

Might be time for families to have one of those around the kitchen table talks on what the legislation is going to mean to high school students who get to drive the family car.

 

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Police arrest purse snatcher - 47 complaints have been filed with the police.

Crime 100By Staff

March 5th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

Police have been investigating multiple criminal groups targeting women and seniors for distraction type of purse and wallet thefts. These have occurred at various grocery and retail stores in Burlington and Oakville.

Police have received 47 reports of such thefts since the beginning of November 2017 where persons targeted were female senior citizens whose purses and/or wallets were stolen from their shopping carts while the owner was not looking. In some cases multiple offenders work in teams to distract the victim, bump their carts or ask for their assistance in the store or parking lot.

Investigators have been working with area Loss Prevention Officers to identify the persons responsible which resulted in them being positively identified.

On February 22nd 2018 the following accused was arrested for multiple thefts in Burlington and Oakville and has been released on bail to appear next in Milton Court on April 3rd 2018:

Brenda STOJKOVA (20 years) of the Czech Republic, residing in Brampton is charged with:

• Theft under $5000 (Three Counts)
• Fraud Under $5000
• Unauthorized use of a credit card.

Watch the Crime Stoppers Video of purse thefts (actual footage).

Halton Regional Police are reminding residents to keep a close eye on their purses and wallets.  Residents should be aware of their surroundings and be alert for distraction type thefts when shopping in the grocery stores, malls and other retail business.

Prevention Tip: Residents are reminded to only carry the necessary identification such as Driver’s Licence or Health Card, and should try to minimize this potential loss by leaving their SIN card, birth certificate and passports securely at home.

If you become a victim of a purse or wallet theft please contact your financial services providers, cancel you cards and then call the Halton Regional Police to file a report.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents or other purse thefts is asked to contact Detective Constable Derek Gray of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Vulnerable Persons and Seniors Liaison Team at 905-825-4747 ext. 2344.

A safe, secure, confidential place to call with information that will keep our streets safe.

A safe, secure, confidential place to call with information that will keep our streets safe.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Two thirteen year olds and a sixteen year old arrested for possession of property obtained by crime over $5000

Crime 100By Staff

March 2, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On March 2nd 2018 shortly before 2:00 AM, police received reports of a male breaking into cars on Caplan Crescent in Burlington.

HRPS crestPolice descended upon the area and located a white SUV with a female sitting in the driver’s seat and two males standing beside it.

Upon seeing police, one male ran away on foot while the other male entered the passenger side of the SUV which accelerated away at a high rate of speed narrowly striking a police vehicle.

Police pursued the white SUV which was a stolen vehicle from Hamilton while other responding officers searched the area for the male that ran away, ultimately locating him in the backyard of a home on Montego Crescent.

The pursuit of the SUV was quickly discontinued due to public safety concerns after the vehicle ran a red light at Fairview Street and Walkers Line.

HRPS Storm sniffing

A member of the Police Canine Unit training a new recruit.

Moments after the pursuit was discontinued, police located the stolen vehicle unoccupied after it struck a tree on Fairview Street and Inverary Road. Police Canine Unit (PSD Arrow) and members of the Tactical Rescue Unit (TRU) attended and tracked to the rear of a business on Fairview Street where two youths were located and arrested.

A 13-year-old female from Hamilton who cannot be identified due to her age was held for bail charged with the following offence:
• Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
• Theft under $5000
• Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
• Flight while pursued by police
• Fail to comply with undertaking

A 13-year-old male from Brantford who cannot be identified due to his age was held for bail charged with the following offence:
• Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
• Theft under $5000
• Fail to comply with disposition (three counts)

A 16-year-old male from Hamilton who cannot be identified due to his age was held for bail charged with the following offence:
• Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
• Theft under $5000
• Fail to comply with recognizance (three counts)

How did two thirteen year old’s and a sixteen year old ever get to the point in their short lives where they are out trying to steal cars in the early hours of the morning?  How does a society deal with this?   Where were the parents?

Anyone with information regarding this incident asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2316. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca

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MetroToronto po;oce work withthe Regional police to arrest males who robbed Scotia bank branches at gunpoint.

Crime 100By Staff

February 27, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Early in the month branches of Scotia bank were being robbed; one in Burlington, another in Milton.

Police believed the robberies were linked and began doing what police do: investigate

Police have identified four suspects and laid multiple charges following several bank robberies across the Greater Toronto Region (GTA).

On February 1, 2018, at approximately 7:50 p.m., the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) was called to a Scotiabank located at 4519 Dundas Street, Burlington, following a report of an armed robbery. Three male suspects, one of whom was armed, obtained a quantity of cash and exited the bank, travelling southbound on foot. Two bank employees were assaulted and sustained minor injuries during the robbery.

On February 9, 2018, at approximately 8:00 p.m., HRPS was called to a Scotiabank located at 880 Main Street East, Milton, following a report of an armed robbery. Two masked male suspects, one of whom was armed, entered the bank shortly before closing and obtained a quantity of cash. A bank employee, who attempted to intervene, was assaulted by one of the suspects and sustained minor injuries.

On February 14, 2018 HRPS investigators began surveillance of persons of interest, who were suspected of being involved in the Milton and Burlington robberies. During this time, investigators observed a group of individuals in the area of a Scotiabank at the intersection of Rathburn Road and Renforth Drive, Toronto.

Police continued to monitor these individuals, who were observed to be engaging in activity consistent with a potential robbery of the financial institution. In the interest of public safety, police contacted the bank and ensured bank staff and clients were moved to a safe location and the doors of the bank were secured.

As two of the persons prepared to commit the bank robbery, plainclothes HRPS investigators were able to arrest them prior to entering the bank.

Based on the events that took place in the City of Toronto on February 14, 2018 the following individuals were charged by the Toronto Police Service:

Gareth BAUGH (19) of the City of Toronto

• Robbery
• Disguise with Intent to commit an indictable offence
Jazmyn ELIAS-WEIBL (18) of the City of Mississauga
• Robbery
• Disguise with Intent to commit an indictable offence

Young Offender (identity protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act)

Robbery
Disguise with Intent to commit and indictable offence

Duraiappah HRPS Deputy chief

Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah

Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah: “Robberies such as these have a deep impact on the involved bank employees, innocent bystanders and even their families. The blatant disregard for victims that these arrested persons demonstrated represent some of the greatest risk to community safety. Our investigators have worked tirelessly with partnering police agencies to identify and arrest them. We’re pleased to have put an end to these violent robberies.”

On February 15, 2018 HRPS investigators and K-9 services continued their investigation by executing a Criminal Code Search Warrant at the residence of Gareth BAUGH. Investigators seized a quantity of cash, a replica firearm and several pieces of clothing linked to the armed robberies throughout the GTA.

On February 22, 2018 HRPS investigators and Tactical Rescue Unit prepared to execute a Criminal Code Search Warrant at the Milton residence of the accused from a previous bank robbery in Milton. When arriving, police observed the suspect departing his home with several associates. A traffic stop was conducted and the male suspect was taken into custody without incident. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of several thousand dollars in Canadian currency.

On February 23, 2018, in the early morning, HRPS investigators and Tactical Rescue Unit executed a Criminal Code Search Warrant at the residence of the accused. During this search, a quantity of illegal drugs was seized along with various items of clothing believed to be linked to the robbery in Milton and other robberies throughout the GTA. A loaded .22 caliber handgun was also seized by police.
Based on the results of the search warrant from February 23, 2018 the following individual was charged by the Halton Regional Police Service:

Tyriq BROOKS (19) of the Town of Milton

• Robbery with a Firearm
• Point Firearm
• Wear Disguise with Intent
• Possession of a restricted firearm
• Possession of a weapon for the dangerous purpose
• Careless use of a firearm
• Possession of a controlled substance
• Fail to comply with recognizance (3 counts)

There are also outstanding arrest warrants for the accused from several police services in the province for Human Trafficking related charges.

The HRPS Criminal Investigations Bureau is in the process of linking the above individual(s) to the robberies in Milton and Burlington. It is anticipated that several criminal charges are pending.

Anonymous tips can be forwarded to Crime Stoppers; “See Something, Hear Something, Know Something — Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.crimestoppers.ca or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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